Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2022

5 3 Crystal Serenity resumed service with seven-night luxury sailings from Miami, Florida, to Nassau and Bimini in The Bahamas “The itineraries feature a mix of ports and shore excursion options, showcasing favourites such as the chic shopping and dining opportunities in St. Barts, the beloved harbours and fantastic beaches of the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, and ecological explorations in Guadeloupe’s national park, which features 54,000 acres of rainforest, waterfalls and thermal pools,” says Anderson. “Guests will also be able to enjoy the abundant natural beauty of Dominica, author Ernest Hemingway’s favourite sportfishing paradise in Bimini, and San Salvador where Italian explorer Christopher Columbus took his first footsteps in the ‘New World’ in 1492. “The mixture of destinations and the fact that travellers can combine Caribbean cruises with Bahamian itineraries to create immersive voyages of up to 21 days with no repeating ports offers guests a tremendous variety of fresh options.” Guests were able to experience a compelling combination of Caribbean destinations when Crystal’s new luxury, 200-guest expedition yacht Crystal Endeavor made her US debut in autumn 2021 too. Sailing from Miami, Crystal Endeavor embarked on a nine-night ‘Expedition Yachting: Caribbean Mystique’ itinerary and took guests to remote islands and harbours that are typically only accessible to private yachts and sailboats before concluding her journey in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Destinations included Great Exuma, Man of War Bay and Inagua Island in The Bahamas; Gustavia, St. Barts; Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke and Normal Island in the British Virgin Islands; and Saba, Netherlands Antilles. “This new itinerary was designed to offer just what luxury travellers are seeking – exclusive experiences and active outdoor pursuits in fascinating locales delivered with the greatest care and service,” says Anderson. “Because of the size of Crystal Endeavor, we are able to explore rare, offthe-beaten path destinations. For example, Great Inagua has no natural harbour so cruise ships cannot call there, but Crystal Endeavor was able to position in Man of War Bay and launch Zodiacs from her own marina.” Crystal Endeavor’s one-to-one crewto-guest ratio also empowers Crystal to provide personalised services, as well as intimate expeditions and bespoke onshore adventures. “We offer enviable access to expedition guides and special guest lecturers,” says Anderson. “The camaraderie of the expedition experience and the service and devotion of the crew makes for a very special travel experience, with personal connections that make it all the more memorable for our guests.” CFIP “ There is a familiarity and comfort level with cruising with Crystal”